New York, NY, USA
Benjamin Petit is a French documentary photographer based in New York and the co-director of #Dysturb, a guerrilla media movement making visual information freely accessible to a wider audience using the most basic social media: the streets. Petit has led activations in various city hubs, pasting news blow-ups and teaming up with institutions such as the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Magnum Foundation, Foam Museum and Instagram. His documentary work is focused on social inequality and climate change related issues. He covered the Arab Spring aftermath in Yemen, the urbanism expansion in Medellin, Colombia and the resettlement of climate refugees in Dominican Republic. Benjamin Petit is a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow 2019 at Stanford University and a Fulbright Fellow. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Stern and Paris Match among other publications.
2018 - John S. Knight Fellowship, 2015 - Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination, 2014 - Team Chapnik Award & Helge Hummelvoll scholarship, 2012 - Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination, 2011 - The New York Times Award, 2011 - Honorable Jury Price, 2010 - Fulbright Fellowship
- Audio capture
- Breaking news
- RISC training
- Video capture
Climate Refugees Relocation
300,000 people live in slums subject to flooding along the polluted Ozama River. Floods up to 20 feet occur several times a year due to the increase of extreme weather events caused by global warming.
The Dominican government decided to resettle 7,000 people from one of the most precarious areas of Santo Domingo, the Barquita. These residents have been moved into social housing across the bank in the Nueva Barquita. Once settled in the Nueva Barquita and after 10 years paying the same rent as they used to in la Barquita, these inhabitants will automatically become owners. The Dominican State is also expanding its transportation system to give to these families access to the city and to employment.
The Yemeni Uprising Aftermath
From March 2011, Yemeni have been occupying Change Square in the capital, Sana’a, in order to protest against the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. On February 21st, 2012, elections placed the only candidate Abdu Rabbu Hadi, the former vice-president, as the new president for a two years transitory period. During this time, the youth continue the sitting, and are constructing a new, daily routine.
The New Artisans Of America
They grew up with computers and ipods. But for these New-Yorkers, handcraft is far from being a thing of the past. These inspiring makers are developing a new form of consumption that some have already pinned as "indie capitalism", that proves that "Made in USA" still has a vibrant future.